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Several Southern California Quakes Remind Santa Clarita Residents About Earthquake Preparedness

Several earthquakes shook Southern California this week, reminding Santa Clarita residents about earthquake preparedness.

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A 3.9 magnitude earthquake struck approximately 3.1 miles north northwest of Big Bear on Tuesday at 1:24 a.m., according to the United States Geological Survey, or USGS.

A smaller quake, magnitude 2.6, also shook the same area of Big Bear four hours later at 5:03 a.m. Over 25 aftershocks have hit the area since.

Two days before, a magnitude 3.4 earthquake shoot approximately 6.2 miles north northeast of Nuevo on Sunday, according to the USGS.

The Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Management, or OEM, have provided information about the necessary steps to take to prepare for earthquakes:

  • When you are in public places, be aware of your surroundings and identify your safe spaces.
  • If you experience shaking, the recommended actions are to drop under a piece of furniture. Take cover under the piece of furniture by protecting your head and neck with one arm/hand. Hold on to the piece of furniture’s leg to keep it from shifting or uncovering you until the shaking completely stops. Learn more at this website.
  • Do not run out of buildings during an earthquake as most people are injured by falling debris as they try to exit buildings during the shaking.
  • If you experience shaking and are in a wheelchair, lock the wheels; cover your head and neck area with a pillow or some type of object that will deflect the debris from falling onto you.
  • Click here to receive emergency notifications, register your cellular telephone and landlines at Alert L.A. County.

For more information on how to prepare for earthquakes and other hazards and threats, OEM has available the following emergency preparedness programs:

Los Angeles County residents, renters and business owners, including persons with disabilities and others with access and functional needs, may call 211 L.A. County for emergency preparedness information, and other referral services.

The toll-free 211 number is available 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

211 L.A. County services can also be accessed by visiting their website.

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Several Southern California Quakes Remind Santa Clarita Residents About Earthquake Preparedness

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About Heather Harbin

Heather grew up in the Santa Clarita Valley and graduated from West Ranch High School in 2012. She recently graduated from College of the Canyons with an Associate's Degree in New Media Journalism. She was involved in College of the Canyons' "Cougar News" for two years, where she became the senior producer. She will be studying for her Bachelor's Degree at Cal State Northridge in the spring. Heather became a staff writer at KHTS AM-1220 following her internship in the newsroom. She has been writing news and feature articles for the KHTS website since May 2015.